Your peripheral nervous system sends communications from your brain and spine to other areas of your body. When damage to this system occurs, and pain results, your nerves are affected, causing acute pain and function loss.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include stabbing, burning, and tingling pain that begins in your hands and feet but can spread to your arms and legs. You may also experience:
The symptoms can lead to additional physical complications. You’re more susceptible to burns or skin trauma because you don’t have as much sensation in your fingers and toes. Infection can occur, especially in your feet, because you may suffer an injury without knowing it. Disruption of your motor skills and balance can make you more likely to fall and injure yourself.
People with diabetes often develop neuropathy. Other possible risk factors include:
You can control peripheral neuropathy if you discover and treat it early. Dr. Berkower can help improve the severity of your symptoms using medications and lifestyle interventions.
If Dr. Berkower can diagnose the source of your neuropathy, he’ll treat that condition to help reduce your symptoms. Even if he can’t isolate the specific cause of your symptoms, the type of neuropathy you have will affect treatment.
A healthy diet that includes fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains protects you against nutrient deficiencies—particularly vitamin B-12—that contributes to peripheral neuropathy. Regular exercise also helps symptoms in many people. Dr. Berkower can help you plan workouts that help, rather than aggravate, your condition.
Learning how to avoid situations and conditions that cause nerve damage is also important. These include:
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